On-Camera Acting Classes
The camera is a great teacher. It gives you immediate feedback, and it never lies. You watch your work and you know how well you’re doing. If you want to work on camera – you have to train on camera.
Patrick describes how he runs the weekly acting class in this short video.
What Will Actors Learn?
Acting classes like ours that focus on camera-work will make you a better actor by watching back your performance, learning, and trying again. It’s practice, and it’s play!
- You’ll learn a process of preparation and performance that works for auditions and for the set.
- You’ll learn about Film and TV writing .
- You’ll learn what works on-camera and what doesn’t.
- You’ll learn the rhythm of being a working actor: Get the material. Work on the material. Perform the material – All in 24 hours.
These classes are designed to make you a stronger performer in a professional situation. Putting together a character and a scene for an audition in 24 hours is something that actors must be able to do. It’s not just a professional challenge: it’s an artistic challenge. You must learn to be creative under the pressure of time.
Patrick has taken the years…
…of daily hands-on work with actors in a casting situation, and turned it into a process of teaching that makes actors relax, have fun, and perform at their highest ability. In casting, the job is to make actors look good. Patrick knows how to do that. His years of camera work and directing have developed a great eye and a clear language of communication.”
How does the weekly acting class work?
- Patrick sends out current Film and TV scenes every week, and actors prepare them as if they’re coming in for an audition with a casting director.
- You enter the room. There’s Patrick, and there’ll be a reader – just like in an audition.
- We tape it. And just like in an audition, you might be asked to make some adjustments, and do it again.
- Once everybody has had their go, the class sits together, and we all watch the tapes.
- Then Patrick gives feedback – he’s been teaching this acting class for 15+ years, so he knows what he’s talking about.
- Then the rest of the class might give some supportive feedback.
- And then... we do it all over again, like a call-back. You’ll find that your performance the second time is so much better than the first.
The day after class, Patrick sends out notes, so you’ll always remember what happened.
In the summary acting notes, you'll receive feedback on your performance, pointers for future auditions, and detailed, thought-provoking commentary on the art of acting for camera.
The class notes are also published here on the site.
Feedback from your fellow actors
The respect and insight that we hear in our workouts is often inspired – and it’s a big part of what makes our approach different.
The point of view which emerges when actors comment on each other’s performances is laced with perception. In my classes, I am consistently impressed by the insight and support that we hear emerging each night from the collective intelligence. It helps us think and talk about acting in an intelligent way – and perhaps most importantly it trains us to listen and be open to adjustments. I marvel at the ability of the actors in my class to be supportive and insightful in a non-critical way.
Supported feedback and commentary have now become standard in my classes. It’s a long way from the silence of my own training and the benefits continue to amaze me – and improve the standard of my students.
Why The Audition Format?
Almost every job starts with an audition. So this arena - auditioning for Film and TV - is a style of acting that you must learn.
Actors are in a way portrait artists. You are asked to bring in a living portrait of a character in a specific moment in a script. Your job is learning/preparing the material and performing it in a small office with someone you've never met with no rehearsal. So you better have a process that prepares you for audition/performance.